Henry Pettitt

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Funerary monument (detail), Brompton Cemetery, London
Funerary monument

Henry Alfred Pettitt (7 April 1848 – 24 December 1893), was a British actor and dramatist.[1]

With Augustus Harris, he wrote the play Burmah, produced on Broadway in 1896. With G. R. Sims, he created a substantial body of very successful works, including In the Ranks (1883, 457 performances at the Adelphi Theatre) and The Harbour Lights (1885, 513 performances at the Adelphi). Their Gaiety Theatre musical burlesques included Faust up to date (1888), which remained a hit for several years and coined a new meaning for the phrase "up-to-date", meaning "abreast" of the latest styles and facts. Their next hit was Carmen up to Data (1890). Both of these were composed by the Gaiety's music director, Meyer Lutz.[2]

Pettitt died in Fulham and is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London, on the west side of the main entrance path from the north gate.


  1. ^ Wilman, George (1882), "Henry Pettitt", Sketches of living celebrities, London: Griffith and Farran, pp. 119–124 
  2. ^ Program for Carmen up to Data Archived 2008-12-10 at the Wayback Machine.

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